After weeks of waiting, Spotify has finally gone live on the PlayStation 3 and 4. This feature replaces Sony’s PlayStation Music, and brings a host of new music streaming options to the consoles. The app was included in last week’s PS update as a hidden download, and should have already appeared on the console home screen.
Spotify on the PlayStation allows users to stream music to the console, and even use it to replace the in-game soundtrack. For some users, this defeats the point of the carefully curated soundtrack used to the set the scene and atmosphere in games; although gamers who online multiplayer deathmatches will likely get the most use out of building a custom playlist for gaming.
The PlayStation Spotify app can be controlled from either the in-game menu by hitting the PS button, or by smartphone app. This mobile feature, currently only on Android and iOS, is called Spotify Connect and works similar to Apple’s Airplay. It will also allow other users to control the music while someone else is using the living room for gaming, essentially allowing the PlayStation to multitask as a home entertainment system.
PlayStation owners do not need to have a PS Plus account to stream music, while the Spotify app is compatible with both free and premium accounts. Admittedly, this would probably be a good time to get a premium account as listening to ads in the middle of a game can get annoying very fast.